Faylia: Dark Days
Proper name: Caliphate of Talan
Ruler: His Supreme Magnificence, The Caliph of Talan, Arash (LN male human Ftr17)
Heraldry: Crossed silver falchions on a field of yellow.
Major Towns: Sharhei (pop. 24,900)
Population: 190,000 – Human 53%, Ilynri 30%, Dwarf 9%, Halfling 3%, Gnome 3%, Other 2%
Alignments: LN*, LG, NG, N, LE
Languages: Common*, Dwarven, Gnomish, Halfling
Religions: Talanese (Ilynri) Pantheon * , Dwarven Pantheon, Gnome Pantheon, Halfling Pantheon, Benkhe
Resources: Gold, marble, silver, cattle, goats, gems
Allies: Hallius, Gorunn
Overview: Talan (tah-lahn) is one of the newest nations to Faylia, and is also the only human nation not defined by the treaty of Oth Dumar. The people of Talan used to be nomadic until one of the more powerful tribes discovered gold in the previously unnamed hills west of the Svernthrae Mountains. Since that time they have built a fantastic city on the high plains, and with the help of the militaristic Ilynri established a permanent standing force. The Ilynri are completely loyal to the Caliph, Arash, who rules fairly but dispassionately.
Talan’s borders to the north and west are arbitrary, as is the western half of its southern border. They represent the extent of settlements and military fortifications in the high plains of Oth Dumar. The eastern border is defined by the foot of the Svernthrae Mountains, which are considered taboo to enter by most Talanese. The rest of the southern border is shared with Tyr and is heavily fortified because of the previous attempted invasion. Its capital is Sharhei, the jewel of the steppe. The buildings here look different from the rest of Faylia due to the mysterious origins of its creators.
Even though it might be smaller than many of the other human nations, Talan’s military is one of the finest in the known world thanks to the aptitude of the Ilynri and the fortitude of its citizens. No mercenaries are allowed to join the Talanese army and most of its officers are Ilynri. After defeating Tyr’s attempt to invade the gold hills, Talan constructed a mighty fortress to guard that section of the border with Tyr, named the Fortress of Gune for the Ilynri general that was killed at the battle.
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